so my wife and i go to this particular theater in westminster. most of the time, people are respectful of the others around them and they are quiet with their talking before the movie and dont talk during the movie. however, every now and then, we end up sitting in front a group of teenagers who are talking loudly, giggling, playing on their phones, etc. essentially they are being disruptive. sometimes, we get up and move a row down or sometimes my wife will get up and go over to them and nicely ask them to be quiet. usually, however, their silence is short lived. we end up being at the mercy of them.... ya, i guess we could go get a manager to deal with the situation..
so, tonight my wife chose a seat in the 2nd row from the back. after i came in to meet her, we both commented about the 3 teenage girls who were sitting behind us. we both thought, "here we go again." "but maybe they will be quiet once the movie starts." the theater was still moderately lit and nothing had started. the 3 girls were being very loud with their laughing and giggling. they were responding to their text messages and you could see the light from all 3 phones that they were using. they were also running up and down the aisles and bumping into our chairs and a few times they brushed against my wifes head. there were other people in the theater who were looking back as they heard the noise from the 3 girls as well. others were definately aware of the girls disturbance.
so, the house lights went down and the theater branding "movies" came on. after about 5 minutes, the girls kept their seats, but were still carrying on as loudly as before. the previews began and my wife leaned over and asked if we should move down a row. i said lets wait until the movie starts... maybe they will be quiet then. well, 3 previews went by and i couldnt remember what i had just watched because all i was listening to was teenage dribble.
so i turned around in my chair, faced the girls, and sternly said, "girls, its time to be quiet." they responded with a smart-assed, "okaaaayyyyy."
i dont know what it was..... maybe i didnt want to be at the mercy of this attitude, maybe i didnt want to have to move to another seat, maybe i was just sick and tired of this kind of behavior. soooo.... i stood up, leaned closer to them, and yelled, "seriously, SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!" i then stared at them for about 5 seconds with a scowl on my face. their eyes got really big and they politely said, "okay".
when i turned around to sit back down, everyone within about 3-4 rows had turned to see what the yelling was about and were looking at me, but no one said a word to me. and.... the theater was quiet for the rest of the movie. it was actually nice to sit and enjoy a movie without those kind of disruptions.
i probably could have handled that a little better and my wife said that she was a little embarrassed from the situation, but did agree that the theater was quiet after that.
i am sure some of you guys have experienced something like this before. how have you dealt with this situation?